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Horticulture and Forestry Club Wins First Place at Competition

The Horticulture and Forestry Club from North Dakota State University won first place overall and three students placed in individual events at the Mid-America Collegiate Horticulture Society conference and competition held at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville on October 7-9.
 
 

October 28, 2016

The Horticulture and Forestry Club from North Dakota State University won first place overall at the Mid-America Collegiate Horticulture Society (MACHS) conference and competition held at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville on October 7-9. In addition, three students placed in individual events.

Connor Hagemeyer, a sophomore horticulture major from Clara City, MN, took first place in woody plant identification, second place in herbaceous plant identification, and was the second place overall individual.

Torie Jones, a senior horticulture and public history double major from Fessenden, ND, placed third in woody plant identification.

Andrew Scheldorf, a junior horticulture major from Chokio, MN, placed third in fruit, vegetable and plant judging.

Hagemeyer, Jones, Scheldorf and Nick Rajtar, a junior horticulture major from Blaine, MN, made up the first place overall team.

Additional club members competing as individuals were Halley Bartlett, a freshman landscape architecture major from Kenmare, ND; Anne Gatzke, a junior agricultural and biosystems engineering major from Elk River, MN; Garrett Schumacher, a freshman horticulture major from Heron Lake, MN; and Klarissa Walvatne, a freshman agribusiness major from Battle Lake, MN.

The Horticulture and Forestry Club is advised by Department of Plant Sciences faculty Harlene Hatterman-Valenti and Todd West.

In addition to the competition, the conference agenda included an excursion to Kansas City for tours of the Children’s Mercy Park soccer and event field, and Powell Gardens, a botanic garden featuring several different styles of gardens.

The Mid-America Collegiate Horticulture Society is comprised of horticulture clubs from universities and two-year colleges in Colorado, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Every fall, the MACHS conference is held at a different host school, bringing together some of the best and brightest horticultural programs in the nation.

Author: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123,
Editor: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,

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